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Thai protest leaders surrender after army assault

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Thai protest leaders surrender after army assault


Thailand’s Red Shirt leaders have surrendered following a major military operation to storm their protest camp in Bangkok’s commercial district.

Troops and armoured vehicles broke through the barricades. Gun battles followed, leaving at least five people dead including a foreign jounalist, said to be Italian.

Authorities say the situation is now under control and their assault has ended.

“Our security operation to secure the parameter around Bangkok, especially in Lumpini Park, has been successful,” said Thai government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn.

Protesters, soldiers and other journalists are among at least 50 people wounded in what was the final showdown, ending a more than six week long occupation of the site by the Red Shirts.

Since their protests began in mid-March, the violence in Bangkok has killed around 70 people.

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